Solar in West Africa – Projects and goals of Energy for Opportunity

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Solar in West Africa – Projects and goals of Energy for Opportunity

  1. 1. Solar in West Africa – Projects and goals of Energy for Opportunity <br />
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  3. 3. 6.5 Million people<br />Electricity coverage: <br />urban ~20%<br />rural <2%<br />GDP per capita: US$679<br />Adult Literacy: 38.1%<br />Life Expectancy: 47.3 years<br />3 Physicians per 100,000 people<br />53% of population has access to safe drinking water<br />Sierra Leone<br />
  4. 4. Sierra Leone<br />Development is not for lack of natural resources<br />
  5. 5. Energy for Opportunity<br />Background:<br />Environmental Foundation for Africa, Sierra Leone<br />United Nations High Commission for Refugees<br />
  6. 6. Who we are<br />Currently in the field:<br />Simon Willans – Exec Director<br />ChernorJalloh – Engineer<br />Mohamed Turay – Engineer<br />Nizette Edwards – (Super) Intern<br />Dozens of contracted electricians / students<br /><ul><li>Elsewhere:
  7. 7. Paul Munro – Program Manager
  8. 8. Rob Munro – CIO
  9. 9. Boards in Canada and Australia</li></li></ul><li>Focus Areas<br />University Based Solar Electricity Courses<br />Community Solar Charging Stations<br />Power Systems for Secondary Schools<br />Electricity for Rural Health Clinics<br />
  10. 10. Focus Areas<br />University Based Solar Electricity Courses<br />Community Solar Charging Stations<br />Power Systems for Secondary Schools<br />Electricity for Rural Health Clinics<br />MattruJong(coordinated by Chernor)<br />Kamabai (coordinated by Mohamed)<br />
  11. 11. Focus Areas<br />University Based Solar Electricity Courses<br />Community Solar Charging Stations<br />Power Systems for Schools<br />Electricity for Rural Health Clinics<br />
  12. 12. Focus Areas<br />University Based Solar Electricity Courses<br />Community Solar Charging Stations<br />Power Systems for Secondary Schools<br />Electricity for Rural Health Clinics<br />
  13. 13. Kamakwie<br />Pop: 18,000<br />Hospital: 200,000<br />School: 1,150<br />(+ center for national tests)<br />Orphanage: ~1000<br />Existing:<br />Hospital: fuel generator<br />School: no power<br />Community center: no power<br />Orphanage: no power<br />
  14. 14. Kamakwie– Hospital<br />1050W system <br />New circuits / distribution box<br />Changeover to allow solar + generator <br />
  15. 15. Kamakwie– Secondary School<br />1575W system<br />Lighting + new computer lab<br />New night classes<br />Computer classes started June 14th<br />
  16. 16. Kamakwie– Community Center<br />350W system<br />Full wiring<br />Local electrician trained<br />The disco is rocking<br />
  17. 17. Kamakwie– Orphanage <br />350W system<br />Partnering with Inveneo / OrphFund<br />
  18. 18. Current projects<br />St Martin's Orphanage in Port Loko<br />GTZ office in Kono<br />Medical clinic in Kono<br />WHH office in Bo<br />Solar lighting to all 21 government hospitals in Sierra Leone<br />
  19. 19. St Martin's Orphanage – recent pics<br />
  20. 20. St Martin's Orphanage – recent pics<br />
  21. 21. Community charging stations<br />Installation at a community structure (market, school)<br />Charging kiosk is built/managed by the community<br />Lights community building <br />Generates revenue:<br />Charging of mobile phones<br />Rent / sale of solar powered lights and home systems. <br />MattruJong(Chernor)<br />
  22. 22. Community charging stations<br />From our two pilots (since March 2010):<br />Average community profit of ~$300 p/m p/site<br />Two full time employees at each site<br />>3600 individual light rentals<br />Sales of 12 home systems<br />Kamabai (Mohamed)<br />
  23. 23. Community charging stations<br />Future plans<br />4 more sites approved (October 2010)<br />2011 goal (funding still being sought):<br />25 in two districts (14 Bombali, 11 Koinadugu)<br />300,000 individual light rentals<br />>$50,000 income for the communities<br />50 full time jobs; all with solar electricity training <br />Long-term goal<br />One in every Chiefdom Headquarter town, ~2012-3<br />
  24. 24. General observations<br />Community buy-in is crucial<br />Education about electrical use is required<br />Realistic assumptions are needed about usage<br />Systems can be self-supporting (income and jobs)<br />It is easy to make a difference!<br />
  25. 25. With thanks!!!<br />AusAid<br />BP Solar<br />Free Collective<br />Friends of Sierra Leone<br />Inveneo<br />OrphFund<br />Outback Power<br />Sierra Leonean community of Victoria, Australia<br />Every individual donator!<br />

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